At 1850 metres altitude in the heart of the Hautes Alpes, the Vars ski resort, part of Domaine de la Foret Blanche, has become one of the most desirable resorts in the Southern Alps. The resort is right on the edge of some of the biggest mountain chains in the French Alps and is nestled amidst splendid larch forests which are tremendously well preserved.
Vars in a very well kept secret. It’s a quiet and better value resort and is a good choice for those looking to steer away from the well known and busier resorts. At 1850 metres it has a good snow record and boasts 300 days of sun per year making it an excellent ski holiday destination.
For beginners the skiing could not be better, the whole area is accessible via green and blue runs and you can ski between Risoul and Vars entirely on blue pistes. As you progress, you’ll also be able to ski more of the extensive terrain.
Intermediates will enjoy a huge choice of runs above and below the tree line. The Foret Blanche region has a number of long blue and red runs that go over into Risoul. There are also open bowls and some more challenging runs in the resort including an 8km long piste. It’s most known run is the Olympic red, descending 920m from La Mayt to the village of Vars-Ste-Marie.
You can find a selection of shops, bars and restaurants in the main centre of Vars-les-Claux. There are also a number of friendly mountain bar and restaurants and the resort can be quite lively once the lifts close. Apres bar spots to visit are L’Apres Ski and La Zizane.
Non skiing activities include snow biking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tobogganing, parapenting, ice climbing, helicopter rides, ice skating, or visit the spa, leisure park and cinema. There are also 17km of cross country skiing tracks.
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